Board of Directors - Bios


KEVIN MAXWELL of Crockett, Texas (president and member, executive committee). Maxwell is the founder and general partner of 4M Partners LLC, a family owned, self-storage, real estate and ranching operation. He is a life member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Houston County Go Texan Committee, Lothrop Masonic Lodge (past master), Houston Scottish Rite, Sharon Temple Shriners, Texas Self Storage Association and the Texas Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. He has served as president of the Crockett Athletic Booster Club, Crockett Merchants Little League and chairman of the Crockett Area Chamber of Commerce. Also, a member of the Crockett Rotary Club and secretary of the Crockett Jaycee's. Maxwell earned a bachelor's degree from Sam Houston State University and was reappointed as director for Houston County in 2017.

 

 TOMMY G. FORDYCE of Huntsville, Texas (vice president and member, executive committee). Fordyce is a retired director of the Texas Criminal Justice Agribusiness Department. He is chair of the Huntsville Economic Development Council and vice president of the Lone Survivor Foundation. He is also a member of the Texas Assistive and Rehabilitative Services Council, the Kick Start for Kids program and the Huntsville Veterans' Affairs Advisory Board. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and is a Vietnam War veteran. Fordyce earned a bachelor's degree from Sam Houston State University. Fordyce was reappointed as director for Walker County in 2019.


DAVID B. LEONARD of Liberty, Texas (chairman, executive committee). Leonard is the general manager and owner of Liberty-Dayton Chrysler, an auto dealership. He is a member of the Liberty-Dayton Chamber of Commerce and a member and past president of the Liberty Lions Club.  Leonard is the director of the Knights of Columbus and a member of the Liberty Elks Lodge. He is past director of the Trinity Valley Exposition. He attended Lee College and was reappointed as director for Liberty County in 2013.


MEGAN W. DEEN of Fort Worth, Texas (member, administration & audit committee). Deen is the chief financial officer for the Fort Worth Zoo. From 2011-2015, Deen was the accounting manager at Oak Hill Capital, and from 2002-2015, she was a senior manager at KPMG, LLP. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, Deen is a sustainer of the Junior League of Fort Worth and a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, a former committee member of the Harris Methodist Breakfast with St. NICUlas, and former volunteer for the March of Dimes Fort Worth. She serves as the annual giving chair, volunteer and former finance committee member at Trinity Valley School. Deen received a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting and finance and a Master of Accountancy from Texas Christian University. Deen was appointed as a director for Tarrant County in 2018.


HENRY BORBOLLA III of Fort Worth, Texas (chairman, administration & audit committee). Borbolla is a Fort Worth native and graduate of Texas Christian University. He is a banker with Ciera Bank Fort Worth. His community involvements include board and committee positions with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation, Catholic Charities Fort Worth, Community Hospice of Texas, Fort Worth Stock Show, and the University of North Texas Health Science Center Foundation. Others include DFW International Airport, Downtown Fort Worth, Inc., and the Fort Worth Visitors and Convention Bureau. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Fort Worth and the Fort Worth Stock Show Syndicate. Borbolla was reappointed as director for Tarrant County in 2019. 


WILLIAM O. RODGERS of Fort Worth, Texas (member, utility services committee). Rodgers is vice president of Collins and Young, LLC. He is a board member of the Fort Worth Nature Center and Edwards Family Charitable Giving. Rodgers received a bachelor's degree from Texas Christian University. Rodgers was appointed as director for Tarrant County in 2017.


LISA A. HEMBRY of Dallas, Texas (member, administration & audit committee). Hembry is owner of March Forth Communications. She is the former president of Literacy Instruction for Texas and a current board member of the Executive Women of Dallas, Archives of Women of the Southwest at Southern Methodist University and the Texas Capital Community Development Corporation. She is a former member of Texas Association of Realtors, Texas County Treasurers Association, Town & Gown Club at SMU, Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Society and Literacy Texas. Hembry earned a Bachelor of Science in political science from SMU. Hembry was appointed as director for Dallas County in 2019.


AMIR RUPANI of Dallas, Texas (chairman, legal & public policy committee). Rupani is chief executive officer and president of King Import Warehouse and Texas Prince Inc. He serves as chairman of the Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce and on the board of directors for the World Affairs Council in Dallas/Fort Worth. Formerly, he served on the board of directors for the Dallas Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, the Dallas Citizens Council, the Dallas Assembly and the Dallas Planning and Zoning Board. He is the founder, organizer and former president of One World Holding Inc. and former chairman of One World Bank. Rupani was named Businessman of the Year in 2005 by the Pakistan American Congress in Washington, D.C. He received the Pioneer Award in 2006 from the Dallas/Fort Worth Asian American Citizens Council and the Minority Business Leader Award in 2008 from the Dallas Business Journal. Under his leadership, King Import Warehouse was named Exemplary Importer/Exporter Firm of the Year in 2004 by the Minority Business Development Agency, a branch of the U.S. Department of Commerce. King Import Warehouse was named the Fastest Growing Company in Dallas by the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University in 2004. Rupani attended City College of Karachi in Pakistan. Rupani was reappointed as director at large in 2013.


LEWIS H. McMAHAN of Dallas, Texas (member, resources development committee). McMahan is the owner and operator of MWR Ranch, LLC. He is a past board member of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and Dallas Museum of Art. He is currently a member of the advisory board of Southern Methodist University’s Lyle School of Engineering, member on the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Building Committee and former member of SMU Alumni Board. He previously served as chairman on the Texas Instruments Foundation Board and as president of Texas Instruments Alumni Association, Texas Water Development Board and the Dallas Regional Chamber Water Committee. McMahan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from SMU. McMahan was appointed as director for Dallas County in 2019.


EDWARD C. WILLIAMS, III of Dallas, Texas (member, utility services committee). Williams is managing director of World Class Capital Group. He is a scout master for Boy Scouts of America Troop 125. Williams received a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance and accounting from Oklahoma University and a Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University. Williams was appointed as director for Dallas County in 2017.


VICTORIA K. LUCAS of Terrell, Texas (member, legal & public policy committee). Lucas is vice president for American National Bank of Texas. She is vice chairman and former chairman of economic development for the Terrell Chamber of Commerce and treasurer and past president of the Kaufman County A&M Club. Additionally, she is vice chair of development for the Terrell ISD Excellence Foundation, vice president of Friends of the Hulsey Public Library, and a member of the Social Science Club of Terrell and Kiwanis International. Lucas received her Bachelor of Science in industrial distribution from Texas A&M University. Lucas was reappointed as director for Kaufman County in 2018.


JESS A. LAIRD of Athens, Texas (member, administration & audit committee). Laird is chief executive officer and president of First State Bank in Athens, Texas. He serves on the boards of First State Bank in Athens, the Independent Bankers Association of Texas, the Athens Economic Development Corporation and the Trinity Valley Community College Foundation. He is also treasurer of the Henderson County Salvation Army. Previously, Laird served as president of the Athens Rotary Club, president and director of the Cain Center and the American Heart Association. He served on the board of managers for the East Texas Medical Center, and the board of directors for the Region VII Education Service Center, the Henderson County United Way and Keep Athens Beautiful. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree from the University of Texas in Tyler. Laird was reappointed as director for Henderson County in 2013.


CATHY ALTMAN of Midlothian, Texas (member, administration & audit committee). Altman is an attorney and partner at Carrington Coleman Sloman & Blumenthal. She is a member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of Texas, Dallas Bar Association and Ellis County Bar Association. She is chair of the Midlothian Chamber of Commerce, vice president of the Ellis County Women in Business, board member of the North Texas Commission and serves on the Governing Committee of the ABA Forum on Construction Law. Altman received a Bachelor of Arts in english from Vanderbilt University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Kentucky School of Law. Altman was appointed as director for Ellis County in 2018.

 

FRANK H. STEED, JR of Kerens, Texas (member, utility services committee). Steed is a 50-year veteran of the restaurant industry and is president and chief executive officer of The Steed Consultancy. He is a board member and past chairman of the Corsicana-Navarro County Chamber of Commerce. Previously, he served as a member of the Board of Governors of the University of North Texas School of Hospitality, the Women's Food Service Forum and as president and commissioner of the Navarro County Emergency Services District #1. Steed received an honorable discharge from the Mississippi Army National Guard. Steed was appointed as director for Navarro County in 2017.


BRENDA K. WALKER of Palestine, Texas (member, legal & public policy committee). Walker is an area manager for Oncor Electric Delivery. She is vice president and former president of Tri-County Meals on Wheels, chairman of the city of Palestine Real Estate Committee, director of the Leon County Economic Development Association and chairman of the city of Palestine Real Estate Committee. Walker is a board member for Cartmell Communities, Inc. and committee member for Leon County Emergency Preparedness Committee. Additionally, she serves as chairman of the Rotary Satellite Club of Palestine and Youth Exchange treasurer and former district governor for the Rotary International District 5910. Walker received her Bachelor of Applied Business Administration from Dallas Baptist University. Walker was appointed as director for Anderson County in 2019.

 

   C. DWAYNE SOMERVILLE of Mexia, Texas (chairman, utility services committee). Somerville is president and owner of Natural Alternatives, Inc., Henderson RV Sales, Palestine RV Center, Eagle Ford RV Park, South Texas Family Housing, Wash Mart Laundry, and president of Fairfield Homes and Land, LLC. He is a member of the Coin Laundry Association, an assistant scoutmaster of the Mexia Boy Scouts of America, and a youth group leader for the First Baptist Church of Mexia. Somerville attended Kilgore College. Somerville was reappointed as director for Freestone County in 2019.


JERRY F. HOUSE, D. Min of Leona, Texas (member, legal & public policy committee). House is the owner of Leona General Store and Steakhouse and the Pecan Grove Café in Leona. He retired after 39 years of serving as a United Methodist Minister. He is a member of the Texas Restaurant Association, Southwest Cattlemen's Association and the Friends of Fort Boggy State Park. House received a Bachelor of Arts from Southwestern University, a master’s in Divinity from Southern Methodist University Perkins School of Theology and a Doctor in Ministry from the McCormick Theological Seminary at the University of Chicago. House was appointed as director for Leon County in 2018.


DENNIS “JOE” MCCLESKEY of Apple Springs, Texas (member, resources development committee). McCleskey is secretary and treasurer of Angelina Excavating Inc. He is a member of the Texas Forestry Association, the Texas Wildlife Association and former president and member of the local Texas Association of Builders. He is a member of the Lufkin Host Lions Club, board member of the Angelina County Youth Fair, chairman of the Angelina County Buyers Group and logistics coordinator for the American Cancer Society Cattle Barron’s Gala. Previously, he served as secretary and treasurer of the National Wild Turkey Federation Pineywoods Chapter, party chairman of the George H. Henderson Jr. Expo Center, volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, and committee member of the Hudson ISD Advisory Board for Community Involvement. McCleskey was reappointed director for Trinity County in 2018.


 DAVID G. WARD of Madisonville, Texas (member, resources development committee). Ward is the owner of David Ward Investments and D&J Storage. Ward is a native of Madisonville who attended the University of Houston and graduated from Universal CIT-School of Finance, Ford Motor Company School of Dealership Management and General Motors University of Automotive Management. He is a member and past president of the Madisonville Sidewalk Cattleman’s Association and the Madison County Chamber of Commerce. He is the past chairman of St. Joseph Foundation and Madison St. Joseph Health Center as well as an audit and compliance committee member of the CHI St. Joseph Health System; he is also past chairman of the Madisonville Building Standards Commission, Bryan Building Standards Commission, Brazos County Economic Development Council, Madisonville Crime Stoppers and the Madisonville Fire Board. Ward is the past president of the Madison County Economic Development Corporation and president of the Madison County ISD Scholarship Foundation. He is a life member of the Madison County Fair Association and the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, and a member of the Madison County Go Texas committee. Ward was appointed as director for Madison County in 2018.


STEVEN L. ROBERTS of Coldspring, Texas (member, resources development committee). Roberts is counsel to (and a former partner of) Eversheds-Sutherland, and a former partner of Fulbright & Jaworski (now Norton Rose Fulbright). He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, College of the State Bar of Texas, American Bar Association, International Association of Drilling Contractors, Maritime Law Association of the United States, and the Texas Association of Defense Counsel. Roberts is actively involved in adolescent drug recovery and education, and was a founding director/member of ArchwayAcademy.net and Cornerstone. He served in the U.S. Navy and worked for the Department of Corrections. Roberts holds a Bachelor of Science in criminology and corrections from Sam Houston State University and a law degree from the University of Houston. He currently serves on various local boards and committees, including the San Jacinto County Appraisal District and works on the Houston Livestock and Rodeo, Grand Entry Committee. His work and service as a lawyer has been recognized by Chambers USA, Benchmark Litigation, the Texas Bar Foundation and other organizations. Roberts was appointed as director for San Jacinto County in 2018.


MANNY RACHAL of Livingston, Texas (member, utility services committee). Rachal is president of Shrimp Boat Manny’s, an established seafood restaurant since 1985. He is a successful real estate developer in Polk and Angelina counties, creating both Rachal Properties and M&N Investments. He is a member of the Polk and Angelina County Chamber of Commerce. Rachal was previously an active member of the Lafayette, Louisiana, Jaycees and the Evangeline Area Boy Scouts Council. He attended the University of Southwestern Louisiana. Rachal was reappointed as director for Polk County in 2017.


JOHN W. JENKINS of Hankamer, Texas (chairman, resources development committee). Jenkins is a self-employed partner in a major farming enterprise. He graduated from Southwest Texas State University in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree. He is a member of the Anahuac Area Chamber of Commerce, and chair for the Texas Gatorfest Committee. He serves on the boards of the Anahuac National Bank, the Texas Rice Council and the American Plant Food Corporation. He is a former board member of the Trinity Bay Conservation District, the Devers Canal Rice Producers Association, the Trinity Valley Exposition, the Texas Rice Festival and the Chambers County Farm Bureau. Jenkins was appointed as director for TRA’s Chambers County in 1997. He was reappointed as director at large in 2009. Jenkins served as president of TRA’s board of directors from 2003-2005 and as vice president from 2001-2003. He was chairman of the executive committee from 2005-2007 and chairman of the resources development committee from 2000-2002. He served as chairman of the administration committee from 2007-2009 and chairman of the legal committee from 2009-2011. Jenkins was reappointed to the board in 2017 as director for Chambers County.


AREA-AT-LARGE BOARD MEMBERS


WHITNEY D. BECKWORTH of Fort Worth, Texas (member, legal & public policy committee). Beckworth is an associate in the litigation practice group at Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Tarrant County Bar Association, Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association, American Bar Association, and Eldon B. Mahon Inn of Court. Beckworth received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Stanford University and a Juris Doctor from The University of Texas School of Law. Beckworth was appointed as director at large in 2017.


ROBERT F. MCFARLANE, M.D. of Palestine, Texas (member, legal & public policy committee). McFarlane is a cardiologist with East Texas Physician’s Alliance, chief of staff at Palestine Regional Hospital, and managing partner of the BigWoods on the Trinity. He is a member of the Texas Medical Association and past director and a lifetime member of the Texas Wildlife Association. In addition, he founded the Trinity Waters Foundation and served as president for five years. He also founded East Texas Black Gumbo Retriever Club. McFarlane received a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry from Harvard College and a Doctor of Medicine from Harvard Medical School, and is board certified in internal medicine and cardiology. McFarlane was appointed as director at large in 2017.


C. COLE CAMP of Arlington, Texas (member, utility services committee). Camp is a senior environmental specialist with Pioneer Natural Resources USA, Inc. He is currently the head coach of the South Metro Composite Mountain Bike Team. Previously, he served as vice president and director for the Red River Authority and the Opportunity School of Amarillo. He was also a member of the Panhandle Water Planning Group, member and deacon at First Presbyterian Church Amarillo and a participant in the Amarillo ISD iLead Program and the Randall County Sheriff Citizens Academy. He also served the city of Amarillo is various capacities including serving on the Water Conservation Team, Environmental Task Force, Urban Design Standards Board and the Local Emergency Planning Committee. Camp earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Camp was appointed director at large in 2019.